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Ump's call overturned for first time using expanded replay

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An umpire's call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the sixth-inning play at Miller Park in the season opener. Braun was originally called safe at first base by umpire Greg Gibson on a leadoff infield single fielded by third baseman Chris Johnson.

The umpires gathered near the third-base line during the review, while Braun waited near the first-base bag. The call was reversed to out after a review that lasted 58 seconds, and Braun ran back to the dugout.

Minutes later, another call on opening day was overturned in Pittsburgh when a Chicago Cubs runner was eventually ruled out at first base on a pickoff.

Earlier in the day, expanded replay was used for the first time in the majors in the Cubs-Pirates game at PNC Park. That umpire's call at first base was confirmed.

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A.I.Russell Co. March 31 2014 at 11:47 PM

Maybe now we can watch a game without popping a blood vessel over a bad call !!

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niki069a A.I.Russell Co. April 01 2014 at 12:53 AM

Big deal you only get one challange, the calls these umps have been making you would spend one hour of playing time reviewing evey bad call. The beauty of the game was to leave it up to human error, during the course of one game the bad calls generally balance out with the good calls...LEAVE THE GAME LIKE IT IS AMD STOP ALL THE NONSENSE OF REVIEWS.

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fivetoejoe niki069a April 01 2014 at 1:11 AM

yes but a bad call during a crucial game that determines winning the division or even bigger prizes could be cut short by a bad call.

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rchuta April 01 2014 at 8:31 AM

About Time

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PETER AMBRO April 01 2014 at 11:12 AM

Happy to see the replay taking effect for Baseball and working not bad ......................................

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schonie April 01 2014 at 12:43 PM


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etom432 April 01 2014 at 4:53 PM

what about strikes and balls it seems its up to the ref how he sees it and he can be way off

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ebg3fla April 01 2014 at 2:55 AM

I'm a traditionalist. I say leave the technology out of the game. Have you noticed? Fox and the other major networks aren't using the strike zone graphic.

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g4zdad ebg3fla April 01 2014 at 6:11 AM

I know where your coming from but what about Armondo Gallaragga's perfect game that is not in the books. That's historic. With replay that would've been corrected easily. So as technology grows it only makes sense to grow with it wherever safe & positive. Cannot be human and not feel sorry for a guy who has the game of his life and now the ump's tears and apology is what we are left with. and we are talking about a god ump who will 4ever be linked with a screw up that could have been rectified in under a minute. That's one incident.

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jacked123944 g4zdad April 01 2014 at 10:28 AM


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timesharejoe g4zdad April 01 2014 at 12:34 PM

Even so, the "almost perfect" game will do more for the memory of Gallaragga than the" perfect" game would have. The dignity that he showed in accepting the call and the ump's apology will forever etch this player in the archives of baseball history. Some mistakes can be positive.

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